Problem : A gauge has to be recalibrated by removing the lens. How can a sticking lens be removed without damaging it or the gauge?
Solution : Use a shop vac with a rubber nozzle to lift the lens out without damaging it. Or, glue a soft gasket to a sanitary flange and connect the shop vac to it.
Contributor : John Kotlas, Maintenance Foreman, Ajinomoto AminoScience, LLC, Raleigh, NC.
It's in the bag
Problem : Trying to move and mate heavy machinery can be very difficult if a crane is unavailable. Is there an easy way to move the machine into position?
Solution : Place grease between two, metallic, static-shielding plastic bags. Spot each pair of bags under the machine legs. The machine can now be easily aligned. Remove the bags when done.
Contributor : Jason Barron, Industrial Engineer, Diversified Technology, Inc., Ridgeland MS.
Problem : Placing small E-rings into their grooves can be difficult. Is there an easy way to hold the ring while installing it?
Solution : Use a screwdriver with a magnetic tip to hold the E-ring and push it in place. It takes a little practice but it works better than a pair of pliers.
Contributor : Jim Weese, Maintenance Manager, Intervet, Inc., DeSoto, KS.
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Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey